7 Top Firms Hiring Landscape Architecture Interns for Summer 2014

Spring is just around the corner, which means that it's time to start applying for summer landscape architecture internships! We've rounded up a list of seven of the best known landscape architecture firms offering paid summer landscape architecture internships for 2014. Good luck and don't delay--some deadlines are approaching fast!

1. Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Sasaki is now accepting applications for our paid 2014 summer internship program! The program kicks off with an  interdisciplinary design charrette—a unique two-week project that serves as an introduction to the firm and the summer’s  class of interns. Interns will then work on current Sasaki projects alongside our architects, landscape architects, planners,  urban designers, strategists, civil engineers, and graphic designers. You’ll get hands on experience, develop valuable  relationships, and gain a deep understanding of how a leading firm operates and innovates. An internship at Sasaki is  exciting, rewarding, and a career catalyst for many.

  • Application Deadline: February 21, 2014
  • Notifications Made: March 28, 2014

  • Location: Watertown, MA

  • Duration: 10 weeks

  • Application (upload through website): 

    - Resume

    - Work Samples 

    - One page explanation of goals and expectations for the Summer Intern Program  

    (You can upload up to 5 files throughout the application process and each attachment is limited to 10MB)  

    - One faculty letter of recommendation must be emailed to intern.recs.2014@sasaki.com with the name of the  student in the subject line.

2. EDSA, Inc.

Our internships programs are a great way to work on challenging projects and to be recognized for your talent and hard work, while giving your career a head start and bringing what is learned in the classroom to life. Every day presents new opportunities to apply your knowledge and creative skills along with the chance to collaborate with some of the best minds in the industry.

  • Application Deadline: February 19, 2014
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Orlando, FL | Baltimore, MD

  • Duration: May through August

  • Application (upload through website): 

    - Education Details (School, Major, Degree, Anticipated Graduate Date)

    - Resume

    - Unofficial Transcript

    - 8.5 x 11" PDF Portfolio (details on website)

3. SWA Group

The SWA Summer Student Program is an excellent opportunity for university students to learn, grow, have real-life design experiences.  Internships, part-time work, study abroad, and company summer programs are great ways to refine your professional direction. Take as many opportunities as you can to explore the arenas available to you through landscape architecture. We believe that our program may be one of the most important and enjoyable experiences you have in your early professional development. Apply now.

  • Application Deadline: February 21, 2014
  • Notifications Made: March 7, 2014
  • Location: 4 weeks in the Los Angeles, CA office followed by a 4 week internship in one of SWA's 7 offices (Benefits include housing and stipend)

  • Duration: 8 weeks

  • Application (email): 

    - Must be in 8 x 11 format

    - Letter of Interest

    - Resume

    - Letters of Recommendation (minimum 2)

    - Portfolio (maximum of 10 pages, can be front and back)

4. OLIN

Our paid summer internship program, which takes place in our Philadelphia studio, teaches and challenges students with hands-on experience in a wide range of projects to facilitate the transition from scholarship to professional practice. The ten-week program, (June 2 - August 8, 2014), is open to graduate and undergraduate students advancing to their final year of study in an accredited program of landscape architecture.  

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2014
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA

  • Duration: 10 weeks

  • Application (mail-in only): 

    - Application Form

    - Letter of Interest

    - Current Resume

    - Work Samples

    - 2 Letters of Recommendation

5. Design Workshop

This program is designed to expose students to a collaborative, professional office environment and a team of experienced design professionals.  Selected individuals will participate in a 10 week internship in a Design Workshop office, beginning in June.  Students will be exposed to both the creative and business environment.  Assignments will vary and may include project research, site visits, sketching, computer production, design reviews and assisting on marketing proposals.

  • Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
  • Notifications Made: April 30, 2014
  • Location: Aspen, CO | Austin, TX | Denver, CO | Lake Tahoe, CA

  • Duration: 10 Weeks

  • Application (upload through website): 

6. PWP Landscape Architecture

PWP has a long standing commitment to linking education and practice. Since the inception of the firm, PWP has offered an internship program that provides students an opportunity for immersion into the working environment of a firm committed to built work. The PWP Internship Program allows students to gain exposure to the inner workings of PWP and our team. The students are not the only ones who benefit from the internship experience…the staff welcomes the energy, enthusiasm, and fresh thinking that the students bring to the firm. Every summer, a group of four to eight students are integrated into project teams where they experience all aspects of a project, from concept through construction documents, in order to understand the real world application of their studies. 

  • Application Deadline: March 17, 2014
  • Location: Berkeley, CA

  • Duration: June 9, 2014 - August 15, 2014

  • Application (mail-in only): 

    - Resume, including special skills and interests

    - Hard copy of portfolio work 

    - Contact information for 2 references

7. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) is seeking talented applicants for two paid summer internship positions. The internships are open to current landscape architecture and architecture students, both in the United States and abroad. The GGN internship program will expose the intern to as many facets of modern landscape architectural practice as possible. Interns will work with GGN project teams to produce site plans, renderings, 3D and physical models, AutoCAD drawings and details, and presentations for our current projects. Interns will also gain experience working outside the office, by accompanying project managers on local construction site visits and project team meetings. At the end of the internship, each intern may prepare and give a presentation of their work to the office.

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2014
  • Location: Seattle, WA

  • Duration: 2 - 3 summer months

  • Application (email): 

    - Cover letter

    - Resume

    - Portfolio (8 MB max)

Want to expand your scope? Don't forget to check with your local ASLA chapter to get connected with nearby firms and additional opportunities! If you're wondering what the day-to-day experience of a landscape architecture intern is like, check out LSU's excellent Landscape Architecture Interns blog

Good luck!

Lead image via Sasaki Associates

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Comment by Cameron R. Rodman on February 23, 2014 at 8:37pm

All great firms. Would love to work with them. People should check them each out. Thanks for posting.

Comment by Andrés Pérez on February 14, 2014 at 8:35am

Thanks Lucy. There is no previous experience of internships in the USA at my school, so I will be kind of pioneer... I will contact the offices in order to clarify the subject. Best regards!

Comment by Lucy Wang on February 13, 2014 at 10:10am

Hi Andrés, 

It might depend on the internship, but I know for a fact EDSA does accept international students and I'm willing to guess that most of them are open to international students as long as you can secure the proper U.S. work papers.

If I were you, I'd reach out to the firms for clarification and to your professors to see what students at your school have done in the past to prepare for temporary work in the U.S.

Comment by Andrés Pérez on February 13, 2014 at 7:44am

Are foreign students allowed to apply to this internships? Are we supposed to do some extra paperwork before applying? Thanks!

Comment by J. Robert Wainner on January 31, 2014 at 11:46pm

Dear Lara;

Thank your for your response concerning my comment about the professional LA firms' "Student Internship Programs".

Again, I'm not an attorney.....but, there IS a difference between a "stipend" and a "salary".

I just read where one major University stopped using "stipend" for compensating students working on their campus...as they believed they were in violation of the FLSA.  And, non-profit organizations are different than for profit companies with regards to "stipend" compensation, as I know you are aware.

As long as these firms believe the are FAIRLY compensating University LA Students working for their firms during the Summer.....that's fine.  But, I know if it were me, I wouldn't want to wait until the end of the Summer to be compensated or reimbursed by these LA firms. 

I understand that the "education" these University LA Students will gain from working with very experienced & talented LA's will greatly benefit them, but, I can only imagine the expenses these students will have for travel to the cities where these firms are located, local housing, food, etc.  Even minimum wage would not amount to much more than $1,000.00 per month (after taxes).

OK....I'm just very much an advocate for the "best interests" of these young LA students.

Thank you again, for your feedback.

Kind Regards,

J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

Comment by Lara Moffat on January 31, 2014 at 11:32am

Bob:

Thank for your comments. As a past recruiter and mentor of interns, I personally know the mutual value of an internship!

We have clarified with the firm you referenced that both the summer program and internship receive a stipend, our apologies this was omitted above. Housing is provided, as well as travel between the LA program and the 7 studios offering internships. Interestingly, this is the 42nd year for them to offer this program.

All the best- Land8

 

Comment by J. Robert Wainner on January 30, 2014 at 1:45pm

Dear University LA Students:

I'm NOT an Attorney, but, I am familiar with the "Federal Labor Standard Act".  I think it's GREAT that these TOP LA firms are offering "Summer Internship Jobs" ...however, College Students (and these business OWNERS should be aware) that these jobs MUST be PAID INTERN JOBS..........not UNPAID.

In reading the details about one of the above firms' Summer Internship Program, it states that the (final 4 weeks would be paid).  No, the ENTIRE period that a College Student is working for the firm should be PAID.  At least "minimum wage".  Which varies from state to state.  From $7.25 to $9.00 per hour (currently).

Oh, I agree working all Summer for AND Landscape Architecture firm will be VERY beneficial to those students......but, ALSO beneficial to those LA firms. 

Surely these LA firms can afford to pay all of their Summer Interns MINIMUM WAGE.  And, if these students will NOT be a benefit to the LA firm, WHY hire them in the first place? 

I was in a Dallas, Texas LA firm for 12 years (as a Senior LA) and we hired PAID SUMMER INTERNS several Summers I was with the firm. It was part of my job to mentor these University LA Students...they learned and they were of great service to our LA firm at the time.

I just read that 50% of College Students (in 2012) were working for companies who were ILLEGALLY not paying these interns.  And there are MANY Law Suits pending against companies regarding this matter.

It would be MY recommendation to every College Student, BEFORE you accept a Summer Internship Job with any LA firm, that you first get an agreement from that firm that you will indeed be paid for every hour you work...the HOURLY RATE and......get it in WRITING.

To the Landscape Architecture Firms...Do the RIGHT thing, PAY these Summer Interns and adhere to the Federal Laws concerning this matter.

Sincerely,

J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

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